Salty & Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn

Salty & Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn

For many the beginning of autumn means pumpkin spice in everything.  I’m more simple, plain old cinnamon is fine by me.  The smell of apples and cinnamon.  Pumpkin and cinnamon.  Chocolate and cinnamon.

Okay, I might have a little addiction!  But really, what’s the harm in a little more cinnamon?!

Jack and Ewan are selling popcorn for Cub Scouts right now which got me thinking.  Why not make our own fun flavored popcorn.

I still remember the first time I made caramel corn in home ec class.  It must have been 5th or 6th grade.  It was incredibly delicious and pretty easy to make.  This might work with cinnamon…

Just last week I was talking to the friend at the gym and she mentioned breaking a tooth on caramel corn.  That is a hazard of crunchy caramel corn!

With that thought in mind I decided to go with a salty and sweet popcorn.  It still has the sweetness of a caramel corn, but not the crunch.  Add in some saltiness and lots of cinnamon and we have a winning treat.

This is truly easy to make.  Whether you choose to use an air popper, microwave or cook the popcorn on the stove it doesn’t take much time at all.  I prefer popping my popcorn on the stove, maybe it’s the thrill of all the ping noises you hear on the steel pot while it pops.

As soon as Sean walked in the door after school he asked “Do I smell popcorn?”  There really is no fooling anyone in this house!  It was a special after school snack they were very thankful for.

Salty & Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn

Salty & Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn

1/2 c. popcorn kernels (or 12 cups popped plain popcorn)
5 Tbs. unsalted butter
3 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

If popping the popcorn on the stove, place in a large pot with a little oil. Cover and turn on to medium high heat. Once it pops make sure to move pan around so it doesn’t burn. You could also use an air popper or microwave popcorn.

In a small saucepan melt butter. Add the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir well and until sugar dissolves. Put popcorn in a very large bowl, pour butter mixture on top and shake until all popcorn is well coated.

**If using salted butter you can eliminate the added salt, or reduce to desired saltiness.

Yield: 12 cups



8 thoughts on “Salty & Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn

  1. fergie51

    So much fun making popcorn. I do hate the smell of the stuff in the picture theatres though, not sure what they put in it but cinnamon would smell so much nicer! Never heard of an ‘air popper’ might have to research that. 🙂

    1. Gretchen Post author

      Maybe an air popper has a different name there. The problem with them is since you use no oil or butter to cook then salt won’t stick to the popcorn very well. I never have been a fan of theater popcorn either, the smell turns me off and if I do eat any I always seem to get a stomach ache.

      1. fergie51

        LOL! I have an ‘air popper’ in the cupboard. We just call them popcorn makers and I bought mine in an op-shop (thrift shop) years ago for $2.00 and it must have made tons of popcorn over that time.

  2. ChgoJohn

    Like you, I much prefer the aroma of cinnamon and apples in the fall over pumpkin. (This will make my assimilation into the family so much easier, Mom.) Never have used cinnamon on popcorn, though. And to think, I just bought a bag of popcorn at the farmers market last Saturday. I’d say I was right on time. 🙂

  3. Liz

    I can’t remember the last time I popped corn, but cinnamon and butter, sweet and salty sounds like an ultimate treat. I over-eat popcorn, always, that’s why I’m keeping clear, unless I go to the movies. Thanks for sharing!


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